Bishop Franco
Bishop Franco

Bishop Franco


Kochi: Priest Franco Mulakkal was on Thursday grilled for more than eight hours by Kerala police over allegations of rape and unnatural sex levelled by a nun and he will be questioned for the third straight day on Friday, the police said. The Vatican has, meanwhile, divested Mulakkal, who was the bishop of the Jalandhar diocese of Missionaries of Jesus despite shedding his administrative role, of his pastoral responsibilities "temporarily", the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) said. "We had decided to complete the interrogation today. But it could not be completed even after 7.30 pm. Verification is required in matters so far placed before the investigation team and that will be completed by tomorrow morning. "Three teams will verify them. So, the investigation will continue tomorrow also. By tomorrow we will be able to complete the verification," Kottayam Superintendent of Police Hari Sankar said after the marathon questioning of the priest. Terming the interrogation "positive", he said Mulakkal has been issued a notice to appear before the SIT at 10.30 am. Sources in the Special Investigating Team probing the case said the interrogation was likely to conclude on Friday. He was questioned for over seven hours on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Kerala police chief Loknath Behera said the decision on whether to arrest Mulakkal will be taken in the next couple of days.



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